Regular aerobic exercise may help to improve respiratory symptoms and psychological distress in adult patients with asthma.
Brazilian researchers evaluated the outcomes of an asthma program in 101 patients with asthma. In the control group, 50 patients received educational programming and underwent breathing exercises; in the aerobic training group, 51 patients underwent additional aerobic training beyond educational programming and breathing exercises. After 3 months, quality of life scores, asthma symptom-free days, and anxiety and depression levels improved only in the aerobic training group. Furthermore, there was a linear relationship between improvement in aerobic capacity and the days without asthma symptoms. Researchers conclude that aerobic training can play an important role in the clinical management of patients with persistent asthma (Courtesy of EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS).
The study is published in the August 2010 issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians [Chest 2010; 138(2):331-337].